When they are knocked out of the box from traditional jobs, they can immediately reinvent themselves as temp workers. Usually it's a soul-wrenching experience to keep focused on getting another full time position with benefits. But so many do just that. And they don't stop, despite the non-stop rejections.
According to the Labor Department, for March 2014, 15% of the jobs added were temp positions. Those totaled 28,500. And CareerBuilder found that since 2009, 50% of all jobs created were temp ones. Here is the coverage of that development in The Wall Street Journal (sub req.)
Once Baby Boomers get it that their best shot is for temp work they can approach this strategically. They become alert how to uncover sources of freelance work that no one else knows about. This goes back to "What Color Is Your Parachute?" Most opportunities, both in permanent and temp employment, are not advertised. We find them by contacting the appropriate powers that be in organizations through unsolicited pitch letters sent through email or phone calls. In 2013, that generated for me the greatest number of assignments which paid well.
How can we find their names? Many fields such as public relations have standard directories listing the players. One is J.R. O'Dwyer Public Relations Directory, free online. Another source is the organization's website. A third is word of mouth. Ask your networks for the name and contact information for those who can provide work.
What's wrong with responding to ads for freelance work on Craigslist etc? Well, that puts us in direct competition with about 300 others who reply to that ad. Also, it boxes us in to presenting ourselves in the format that employer sets. For instance, to pass the automated or human keyword screen we have to begin the cover letter with the necessary terms such as "supply chain management." We can't be appropriately provocative.
In essence, I have been "temping" since 1987 when I was laid off from Kraft. Yes, I called myself "President" of a professional services firm. But the reality was I was in the first wave of the Freelance or Free Agent Global Economy.